If there is one caffeinated beverage that most of the people would love to drink, it would be coffee. Former U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson labeled coffee as the favorite drink of the civilized world. Just a short background about coffee. It was accidentally founded by a goat herder named Kaldi. He noticed that his goats became energetic due to the berries that they have eaten from the unknown tree and it is because of the high dose of caffeine in the coffee.
Aside from keeping you energized and awake during ungodly hours, coffee has amazing benefits you can get. These positive effects of the said beverage are because of one of its leading ingredients, the caffeine. Caffeine can improve the how your body would stay alert and active all throughout the night. Here are other beneficial factors that your favorite drink can give.
Reveals your personality
Are you aware that you can distinguish your personality by your coffee preference? Yes, it is a fact. The coffee has the ability to reveal who you really are. Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist and a Professor of Psychology conducted a research and survey about the relation of coffee to our personalities.
The psychologist even noted that “we are no more defined by our coffee orders than we are by our astrological signs.” How you want your coffee speaks something about yourself. For example, if you are a latte drinker, then you are laid back and you are seeking for comfort. However, the black coffee drinker is tagged as the quiet, moody, and a minimalist.
Keeps you focus on the positive
There is a study that coffee is capable of alleviating depression. The research can be found in the March 2016 issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Apart from the one conducted in Australia and New Zealand, the researchers at Qingdao University Medical College in China examined the relationship between depression and the consumption of coffee and caffeine.
Based on what they researched, “the risk of depression decreased faster, and the association became significant when the caffeine consumption was above 68 mg/day and below 509 mg/day.”
The question is, can coffee help reduce depression? Let us put it this way. The lost of ability to enjoy, and lack of motivation are two of the typical characteristics of depression. As what was mentioned, the caffeine can supply enough energy and is a psychostimulant that increases motivation. If these two reasons are accepted, this might explain the coffee’s long-term effect on the depressive disorder.
Protects you from diseases
Believe it or not but coffee helps you live longer. The coffee can protect you from Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, lowers risk of type II diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, and heart disease. It also has protective effects on the liver which helps in reducing the risk of liver cancer and colorectal cancer.
If you are not a coffee drinker, you can start off taking even just a small amount of it. Aside from mentioned diseases that can be prevented by drinking coffee, there are still other health issues that the risks can be lowered these are: skin cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, endometrial cancer, and oral cancer.
Research entitled Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality that was conducted to 400,000 50 to 71-year old Americans found that 10 to 15 percent are less likely to die in the next 13 years if they drink two to three cups per day. The study was from National Cancer Institute and was led by Neal Freedman.
Helps you lose weight
The caffeine is a psychoactive substance which means it can speed up your metabolism and burn fats. It contains polyphenols that can be found in plant food which has antioxidant properties. The antioxidant itself does not have a direct help in losing weight, but the food that has antioxidant as part of its ingredients can be a great aid towards slimming down.
Due to latest innovations, it is now possible to lose weight directly even just by sipping your coffee. Take for example what Elevate did with their smart coffee. Elevate Brew is an instant coffee blended with vitamin supplements which increases greater focus, better memory, elevate mood, and most especially it can burn fats and curb craving.
You can lose weight through a proper eating consumption and exercise with the help of the coffee. Since coffee increases the metabolic rate, it can keep you from gaining weight while eating much food. However, the slimming process can vary according to your body built and the age group where you are from.
These positive effects can only be gained if you know how to drink coffee moderately. Drinking too much coffee can bring negative psychological issues such as restlessness, anxiety, and irritation. There are caffeine safe limits where you can see the maximum amount of coffee you can drink per day. If you have exceeded the limit, you need to reduce and regulate it to modulate the amount of caffeine you take for a day.